Dr Elizabeth Coombes

Senior Teacher, Head of Biology

Dr Elizabeth Coombes has two main roles within the College, as Senior Teacher and Head of Biology. Elizabeth has twelve years of teaching experience within independent schools, having previously taught at Stowe School and Cheltenham College. Her current part-time role as Senior Teacher & Head of Biology sees her over-see Health and Safety at the College as well as ensure the smooth running of the Biology department.

During her time at the College Elizabeth has contributed to a wide variety of pastoral and academic areas and was appointed as Vice-Principal (Pastoral) in August 2016. In October 2017 she and her husband welcomed her son, Ranulph and has returned to College life in a part-time capacity as Senior Teacher.

Elizabeth graduated in Biological Sciences from St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford and continued with her studies at Linacre College, Oxford submitting her doctorate thesis in 2005 on the evolution of RNA viruses. She gained teaching experiencing tutoring students both at the university and for local revision courses and decided to pursue a career in teaching.

Outside of the College, Elizabeth has taken part in a number of extreme supports, having completed over 600 skydives and holding a US National record for an all-female wingsuit flying formation. She also has a love of sea, enjoying sailing with her family.

More recently Elizabeth is helping support various charitable ventures, her particular areas of interest being help for vulnerable children and babies, protection of ecosystems and projects that aim to reduce climate change. She takes a great interest in all aspects of spirituality, helping to organise a program of leaders of different faiths to contribute to our assembly program.

Elizabeth’s passion is to guide the academic and social development of all students helping to ensure they achieve their potential at GCSE and A-Level and with their university applications. An example of Elizabeth's commitment to EIC students is when she decided to sit Biology exams for moral support to her A Level students in 2016: